Eleven Sports has strengthened its relationship with Portuguese TV operator, TVI, announcing the extension of a free-to-air (FTA) carriage agreement for the UEFA Champions League in the country for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.
As part of the agreement, the channel will continue to broadcast one game per match-week featuring a Portuguese team for the next two seasons. The final, which is one of the biggest events in the football calendar, will also be shown on the channel, free-to-air in accordance with Portuguese regulations.
Bruno Santos, TVI’s General Director of Programs and Antenna, commented on the partnership: “TVI is always looking for the best content and there is no bigger sports event than the UEFA Champions League. In last year’s edition, all the games broadcasted by TVI were the most watched programs of the year. We are therefore very pleased to renew this partnership with Eleven Sports for another two seasons.”
Strengthening its Portuguese market, Eleven Sports will continue to show every game – from the qualifiers to the final, as well as a host of other European football content on its own platforms in the country.
Jorge P Sousa, Managing Director, Eleven Sports in Portugal, added: “TVI has been a very important strategic partner for Eleven Sports in our first year of activity in Portugal. We are very pleased with the growth we have achieved together, and this was naturally a key factor in the discussions and negotiations that we held with the various national channels that showed interest in acquiring the Free-to-Air rights of the UEFA Champions League.
“TVI presented the best proposal and we are delighted that we will continue to innovate together, giving excellent airtime to the Eleven brand on FTA and enabling Portuguese fans to watch some of the best football in the world on Eleven Sports and TVI/TVI24.”